J SONIS DESIGNS - Handcrafted  Jewelry
MODERN ARTIFACTS
 
in .999 FINE SILVER & 24K GOLD  
by JASCHA SONIS

J SONIS DESIGNS STUDIO/GALLERY
 

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CREATING MODERN ARTIFACTS ~ Juxtaposing Ancient and Modern Symbols for the Purpose of Adornment. I am fascinated by the combination of organic form, ancient ethnic symbols, and current urban designs. Jewelry allows me to use the body as a canvas to decorate in a playful manner. Most of my pieces are designed to be reversible to enhance the wearer's adornment options. I am dedicated to producing handcrafted pieces with innovative design motifs utilizing a high level of craftsmanship.



ART NOUVEAU
ART NOUVEAU
.999 FIne Silver & 24K Gold
MERMAIDS DELIGHT
MERMAIDS DELIGHT
.999 FIne Silver & 24K Gold Aquamarine Gemstones

To create my Fine Silver and 24K Gold Jewelry I usually work from my drawings and make textures from polymer clay using a technique called Tear Away. Using these textures I roll my designs into Metal Clay, which consists of microscopic particles of fine silver mixed with a nontoxic organic binder. Once textured, the Metal Clay is then formed into lentil beads, pendants, charms, earrings, etc. After sanding and refining I fire the Metal Clay in a kiln. The nontoxic organic binder burns away and a beautiful piece of .999 fine silver jewelry remains. The piece is then polished and often 24K gold is added by a ancient Korean technique called Keum-boo. This gilding technique uses thin sheets of 24K gold to form a permanent diffusion bond with the fine silver.  An electron exchange is created by heat and pressure to create this permanent diffusion bond. I enjoy working with Metal Clay as it is an eco-friendly product, made from recycled silver.






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